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Brad's afternoon edition
* A new season of Jazz on the Green kicked off Thursday night. It was great to sit back and hear some mellow, melancholy jazz on a warm summer night. Of course, because it's Omaha, there was a two-hour fireworks show during intermission.
* Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez announced they're leaving "American Idol." Now if we can get rid of the third judge, Ryan Seacrest, and all the contestants, I may tune back in.
* Some Omahans are upset about a so-called “Godless” billboard neat 72nd and Pacific Streets that's intended for nonbelievers. They want a return to the types of billboards we used to have. You know, the feel-good billboards claiming the world is ending in two months.
* Lincoln is trying to keep young residents from leaving with a campaign featuring signs with slogans including “I Like That Boom Boom Pow.” If you're young, you may recognize those as the lyrics to a Black Eyed Peas song. To older Lincoln residents, “Boom Boom Pow” is something that'd appear on screen during a “Batman” episode.
* I'm sure it'll work. I can see a young person planning to move to a job in Denver and seeing a sign at the Lincoln city limits. “I can't leave this place. Turn the U-Haul around, baby. We're staying in the land of Boom Boom Pow.”
* Bernie Madoff's brother has agreed to forfeit $143 billion. Which reminds me: Douglas County property taxes are due the end of July.
* Octomom weighed in on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on health care. A confused American public is awaiting the opinions of Tan Mom and Balloon Boy before deciding what's right.
* Actor Robert Blake told Piers Morgan he feels like the luckiest man on earth. Later in the interview, Blake said that he's banned from “The View.” I'm assuming he feels like the luckiest man on earth because he's banned from “The View.”
* Robert Blake's crazy antics on “Piers Morgan” have paid off - he's just been signed to play the lead role in “The Ted Nugent Story.”
* CNN's ratings are at all-time lows. You can tell confidence is lagging. The CNN slogan has been changed from “The World's Most Important Network” to “C'mon, We're Not That Bad.”
* The Lincoln horse-race park just held its last live race ever. It's sad, and I have no idea why. There was even a special section for young horse-race fans - folks in their early 70s.
* New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and his wife are getting divorced. She finally had enough of him putting out bounties on neighbors for mowing their lawns too early in the morning.